Hydrogen Eco-Village to Rise on Rota

Hydrogen-fueled cars will be part of phase three in eco-village development.

Published: 12-Aug-2006

Aside from a tennis academy project, a Japanese investor also plans to develop an eco-village on Rota, showcasing a community that depends on renewable energy sources and makes use of Kinshizen principles in developing its infrastructure.

Kinshizen means changing the way of thinking in doing things, said its advocate, Switzerland-based researcher and consultant Masatoshi Yamawaki.

"Our conventional way of doing things doesn't work anymore," said Yamawaki.

He said it is due to a number of factors: Environmental problems, drying up of oil resources, and not wanting to give up old lifestyle or standard of living.

He said that continuing with the conventional way would mean deforestation by 2040, extinction of species, and drying up of oil reserve in 50 years.

"If we go the conventional way of doing things, it leads to catastrophe," Yamawaki said in his presentation at Fiesta Resort & Spa Tuesday afternoon.

Meantime, Commerce Secretary James Santos said that the eco-village will be a pilot project in the CNMI.

He said this is the second phase of a multi-million investment on Rota by Cyber Central Capital, an international Japanese company.

The first phase would be the construction of a tennis court facility to serve as training venue for top-caliber players.

The tennis facility project would cost some $2 million or more.

The third phase would be a hydrogen fuel project.

"This third project would come much later. They are working now in Abu Dhabi on the infrastructure. They will bring hydrogen-fueled cars on Rota," said Santos.

He said Rota is chosen as the pilot project because is it small and manageable.

He said that if the project becomes a success, it would be repeated on Saipan or other bigger islands.

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